Capturing the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today and preserve it for future generations.

About the Listening Project The British Library Sound Archive


We are asking people up and down the country to share their thoughts and feelings in a recorded conversation with a loved one or relative. What you talk about is up to you.


The nation in conversation

Iby and Julia - Not Defined by the Holocaust

Iby and Julia - Not Defined by the Holocaust

Station: BBC Radio 4

A granddaughter and grandmother who survived Auschwitz reflect on its impact on them both.

Iby and Carolyn - A Survivor's Secret

Iby and Carolyn - A Survivor's Secret

Station: BBC Radio 4

Fi Glover with a conversation about the lasting impact of facing living death in Auschwitz

Ali and Tammi - Our Grandmothers

Ali and Tammi - Our Grandmothers

Station: BBC Radio 4

Two friends share the stories of their grandmothers, who couldn't have been more different

Andrew and Stephen - Getting Married

Andrew and Stephen - Getting Married

Station: BBC Radio 4

A vicar and his partner plan their wedding in spite of the Church's ban on gay marriage.

Victor and Finola - The Key of Heaven

Victor and Finola - The Key of Heaven

Station: BBC Radio 4

Victor shares his new love of life with Finola, who helped him learn to read and write.

More than just a mother: Sheila and Helen

More than just a mother: Sheila and Helen

Station: BBC Radio Scotland

Friends Sheila and Helen talk about living without children.

Marie-Jamila and Rachel - A Different Education

Marie-Jamila and Rachel - A Different Education

Station: BBC London 94.9

Friends who grew up in East London in the 80s reflect on their schooling - and racism.

Heroin and the heart - Val and Simon

Heroin and the heart - Val and Simon

Station: BBC Radio Devon

Val and Simon have families affected by drug use. They share their feelings.

More than just a mother: Sheila and Helen

More than just a mother: Sheila and Helen

Station: BBC Radio Scotland

Friends Sheila and Helen talk about living without children.

Get involved

Find out how to be part of the Listening Project and record your own conversation on our FAQ page.

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Artwork for BBCLP: 31 AUG 14: Sunday Omnibus

BBCLP: 31 AUG 14: Sunday Omnibus

31 Aug 2014

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